Article date: 16 July 2006
- Colin takes the chequered flag in Sport Relief run
Team RAC Dunlop MSA British Touring Car drivers Colin Turkingtonand Rob Collard swapped their driving boots for running shoes asthey supported the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile at Croft MotorRacing Circuit today.
Colin and Rob were joined on the start/finish line by members ofTeam RAC and supporters to run the 1.1 mile circuit in a bid toraise as much money as possible for the charity.
Originally involved with the launch of Belfast's Sport Relief 2006campaign, Colin was keen to complete his mile and receive hissecond red sock. The distinctive Sport Relief Red Sock is centralto the experience and each "Miler" takes part wearing one red sock,and at the finish line they will be presented with a second to makea pair.
In the closing stages it became a three-way race between Rob, Colinand Team RAC data engineer JP Loof. It was Colin who proved to bethe stronger finisher taking the chequered flag just ahead of JPand Rob.
Upon completing the mile Colin said: "It was great to be involvedwith the original launch with BBC's John Inverdale and I'm pleasedthat Croft gave us the opportunity to complete the mile. Rob(Collard) and I both started from pole position but I just got thebetter of him on the closing stages. It seems we're competitive oncircuit whatever we're doing! We had some good support and I hopewe manage to raise some money for a worthy cause."
Anyone wishing to sponsor Team RAC and help raise money for SportRelief can either send a donation to Team RAC (Sport Relief), WSR,Longwood Business Park, Fordbridge Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW166AZ or by donating online using the attached link: https://secure.artezglobal.com/registrant/StartUp.aspx?SID=127461
To arrange an interview with a member of Team RAC,please contact Sarah Owen on 07793 633153.
Note to editors:
- Sport Relief is an initiative of Comic Relief, registeredcharity 326568, in association with BBC Sport.
- Sport Relief was set up by Comic Relief, in association withBBC Sport, to tackle poverty and disadvantage here at home andoverseas.
- Since its launch in 2002, Sport Relief has raised over £30million.
- Half of the money raised will be spent in the UK to help givethose living in disadvantaged and divided communities a betterlife; the other half will help children and young people in theworld's poorest countries, faced with the daily reality of extremepoverty, abuse and exploitation.
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- Aviva bought RAC last year. The acquisition brings togetherRAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise andleading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance(part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer,insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share ofaround 14%.
- Aviva is the world's sixth-largest insurance group and thebiggest in the UK. It is one of the leading providers of life andpensions products in Europe and has substantial businesseselsewhere around the world. Its main activities are long-termsavings, fund management and general insurance. It has premiumincome and investment sales of £33 billion and £291 billion ofassets under management. The group has 60,000 employees serving 30million customers worldwide.